The Coolest Bed Ever!

by Torry Martin

Dear B. Log,

I finally finished my bedroom makeover! I’m now writing to you from my restored 1938 pickup truck, which also serves as my bed. Oh, and it’s a piano and a computer desk, too!

I can still remember the day I first laid eyes on this pretty little pickup truck. Of course, it wasn’t exactly pretty back then. It was deserted in Tom Riley’s horse pasture, all rusted and broken down.

I asked Mr. Riley, “How much would it cost to take that truck off your hands?”

“I’m willing to pay you $100 to get that eyesore out of here!” he answered.

Can ya believe that? I was hoping to buy it, and he paid me to take it!

I knew right away what I wanted to do with the truck. It only took me a few weeks to replace the windshield, tires and windows, but it took almost a full year to redo the interior, fix the dents and sand down the body so I could paint it candy apple red. Now I’ve got the coolest piano/desk/truck bed ever!

I removed the steering wheel column so I could get all the piano keys lined up below the dashboard. Then I converted the gas, brake and clutch pedals to work as piano pedals. You can hear the music beautifully when I prop open the truck hood that I crowned with a Beethoven hood ornament.

The extra features on this truck are amazing! For example, the open glove compartment makes the perfect desk for my laptop. Now when I get a good idea for a comic book, I don’t have to go downstairs to my office. I can just jump in the passenger side of the cab and type it on my laptop.

When I turn on the truck’s headlights, I can make great shadow puppets against the bedroom wall. In fact, chasing shadow cats keeps my dog, Sam, entertained for hours! And the pickup’s red taillights make great night-lights. (Sam gets a little scared of the dark, so the taillights help him feel safer. And . . . uh . . . me, too.)

If Sam is having problems falling asleep, I can hop in the driver’s seat and play him a lullaby on the piano. Or we can fall asleep listening to our favorite Christian station on the truck radio.

My truck bed is extra comfy because Miss Willow took all the stuffed animals I’ve picked up at yard sales and sewed them together to form a huge blanket!

Yup, it’s hard to believe Mr. Riley was ready to throw away this truck. I knew all it needed was someone to love it enough to give it a second chance and turn it into something beautiful. Kinda reminds me of how God does that with people. He rescues folks the world has thrown away, then lovingly restores and transforms them into walking masterpieces!

And speaking of masterpieces, I’ve gotta get back to the rocking horse lawn mower I’m working on. Yeehaw!

This article first appeared in the September 2011 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Torry Martin. Used by permission. Illustration © Gary Locke.